Robbie McEwen wins stage 4 2006

Australia's Robbie McEwen took his second Tour stage in Saint Quentin with a powerful surge on the final section of the rising finish.

McEwen accelerated out of the final corner and opened a five metre gap on his rivals. Tom Boonen tried to respond but did not have the speed and was overtaken by Spain's Isaac Galvez (Caisse d'Epargne), Oscar Freire (Rabobank). Thor Hushovd (Credit Agricole) finished fourth in the sprint but was relegated to 148th place, at the back of the bunch, for dangerous riding.

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